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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The superbly crafted suspense thriller…slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The interplay between Starling and Lector as they share an indefinable, dark understanding gives the film its unforgettable and unsettling power. [14 February 1991, Daily Notebook, p.E1] show more

  • 100
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    A movie with this kind of haunting power comes along only once every decade or so. [20 February 1991, Life, p.11D] show more

  • 97
    Mr. Showbiz

    Though the film's subject matter is grisly, the electricity between Foster and Hopkins during their prison tête-à-têtes could power every maximum-security prison in this country. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It has been a good long while since I have felt the presence of Evil so manifestly demonstrated as in the first appearance of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Chilling and creepy, and there's no denying that the most celebrated aspect of the film -- the Clarice/Hannibal connection -- could not have been accomplished with greater skill. show more

  • 50
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Billed as one of the most frightening, depraved films ever made. Would that it were so. Instead, this is a case of much ado about nothing. [15 February 1991, Friday, p.C] show more

  • 50
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The plot is squeezed dry in this bloody Valentine from Hollywood and becomes annoyingly predictable. Thriller stumbles on its own success show more

  • 90
    TV Guide

    Hopkins plays the cannibalistic doctor with a quiet, controlled erudition, lacing his performance with moments of black humor. His Lecter is a sort of satanic Sherlock Holmes whose spasms of violence are all the more terrifying because they erupt from beneath such an intelligent and refined mask. show more

  • 89
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    At long, long last: the real thing. show more

  • October 14, 2009 guitarpro396
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    The greatest thriller/crime-drama/mystery/suspense movie ever! One of the greatest movies ever made. A classic for all generations to behold. Anthony Hopkins has one of the greatest screen performances ever! Fantastically lead by Jodie Foster and amazingly supported by Ted Levine. Smart, creepy, and terrific.

  • July 11, 2008 obigguy456702146
    Report This User

    I thought it was boring and not as great as people say, but it was alright

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